a main road, especially one between towns or cities: the highway between Los Angeles and Seattle.
any public road or waterway.
any main or ordinary route, track, or course.

Origin of highway

before 900; Middle English heyewei, Old English heiweg. See high, way1

Synonyms for highway

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Historical Examples of highway

  • They were working on the highway in that place, and there he found employment.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • Off he walked briskly, to get well away from the houses and to reach the highway.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • "The Highway of Egypt" was a silver-paved road, leading to adventure.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • Once more we were in the by-road which had brought us westward parallel with the highway.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • Then she heard the voice again, far off through the woods, up along that highway.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

British Dictionary definitions for highway



a public road that all may use
mainly US and Canadian law a main road, esp one that connects towns or cities
a main route for any form of transport
a direct path or course
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Word Origin and History for highway

Old English heahweg "main road from one town to another;" see high (adj.) in sense of "main" + way. High street (Old English heahstræte) was the word before 17c. applied to highways and main roads, whether in the country or town, especially one of the Roman roads. In more recent usage, it generally is the proper name of the street of a town which is built upon a highway and was the principal street of the place.

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